a look in to the decades past -his final

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Decades Past 1 A Look at Decades Past Tonia Stoneman HIS/135 Morgen Rogers February 26, 2011
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The United States has a very vibrant history. There have been many important events occur over the past decades. I will discuss some of these events, what led up to these events, and how they affected the United States and other countries. Each of the past decades have had major events that have impacted other events. I will discuss one event for each decade starting in the 1950’s. McCarthyism - 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy was elected in 1947. He became really powerful in the United States government in 1950. The Cold War was in its first stages. Communism was being spread across the world. There was a huge scare that communism would spread to the United States. In February 1950 Senator McCarthy gave a speech where he stated that he had a list of names of people who were communists and members of a spy ring. He accused over 200 government employees of being communist or communist sympathizers. This was what coined the term “McCarthyism.” “McCarthyism is a term describing the intense anti-communist suspicion in the United States (New World Encyclopedia, 2009).” Many people were accused on being communist or communist sympathizers. This was basically a witch hunt. Senator McCarthy made many accusations against many people during his term as Senator. He targeted many politicians and other individuals inside and outside of the government. He made additional accusations of Communist infiltration into the State Department.
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In 1954 the Army-McCarthy hearings began. His support began to fade. In December of 1954 the senate voted to censure Senator McCarthy, which made him one of the few Senators to ever be disciplined in this way. McCarthyism fueled the Cold War with the fear and hatred of communism. Once McCarthyism was over, the road to diplomacy was slowly being paved over the next four decades. There were many more events that occurred during the Cold War like the Vietnam War. United States’ Entrance into the Vietnam War - 1961 The Vietnam War started in 1950 when the French had control of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia wanted free from France. They were being strongly influenced by the Communist U.S.S.R. and China. In 1961 the United States officially entered the Vietnam War. Government officials were in fear of the “domino effect.” According to Wikipedia, the domino effect suggests that some change, no matter how big or how small, it will cause a similar change nearby, which then will cause a similar change, and so on. The government of the United States thought that if the nations of Vietnam, Laos, and
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